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January 28th, 2015
With the Blizzard of 2015 headed out to sea, the clouds gave way to partial sun just after 9:30 Wednesday morning, a welcome respite for residents slowly digging out from a powerful storm that dumped upwards of three feet of snow in Southern New England.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island lifted statewide driving bans at midnight on Tuesday, and trains, buses and subways were back to normal service Wednesday, although there were plenty of delays for the morning commute.
PROVIDENCE â With the Blizzard of 2015 shaping as one of the most damaging on record, Gov. Gina Raimondo on Monday declared a state of emergency until further notice, banishing vehicular travel as of midnight as crews prepared for a multi-day chore of restoring power and clearing roads.
Raimondo struck a tone of dire urgency during a briefing at the Statehouse, strongly advising storm preppers to get their business finished and get off the roads voluntarily by 8 last night, but she said that by midnight a travel ban would be strictly enforced by the state police.
Weather forecasts for a potentially massive blizzard striking Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts had Woonsocketâs Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt shifting into weather emergency mode on Sunday as communities throughout the state geared up for what could be a demanding multi-day challenge to their resources.
Baldelli-Hunt received assurances from her director of public works, Steve DâAgostino, that the highway departmentâs plows and sanders and their drivers would be ready for the many hours of work ahead, just as her executive peers in nearby communities were also informed.
THE CONVENTIONAL wisdom of Washington politics is that President Barack Obamaâs proposal for a national plan to abolish the cost of tuition for a two-year college degree is dead on arrival.
Jim Purcell, the stateâs new commissioner of postsecondary education, hopes that isnât true. But even if it is, Purcell says itâs way past time for the state to do something on its own to make a college education more affordable.
PROVIDENCE â At 16 years old, Zach Pope and Dan Calandro arenât exactly old salty dogs, but they do know a thing or two about boats.
Both juniors at the Sound School Regional Vocational Aquaculture Center, a marine-themed magnet school in Connecticut, Pope and Calandro have studied maritime history, boat building and oceanography, yet even they were impressed with the sheer number of boats and watercraft that filled the Rhode Island Convention Center, where the 22nd annual Providence Boat Show opened Friday and continues today and Sunday.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â A local attorney and former policeman who retired on a disability pension in 2002 has been criminally charged with fraudulently obtaining $42,458 in tuition benefits to pay for his sonâs and daughterâs education at the University of Rhode Island.
Keith Heroux, 52, of 1172 Old Smithfield Road, was released on $25,000 personal recognizance Wednesday following his arraignment on state police charges of obtaining money under false pretenses over $1,500, a felony.
WOONSOCKET â CVS Health says it intends to add 100 jobs at the Digital Experience Center in the Highland Corporate Park.
Michael DeAngeles, a spokesman for the company, said there is no timeline for filling the positions, but the company envisions growing the workforce by
about a third.
âWe currently have about 200 jobs in Rhode Island and weâll be adding 100 additional jobs over time,â said DeAngelis. âThis is from where we are driving
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WOONSOCKET â Tenants dodged falling debris and hastily gathered their loved ones to escape a fast-moving fire that ripped through the top story of a six-family tenement at 685 Wood Ave. Monday morning.
Thirteen people â everyone who lived in the yellow, flat-roof house â managed to flee without injury, but in their hurried flight some reluctantly left behind their most precious belongings.